Beating unto Hindutva

Beating unto Hindutva

A few madrassa students have been beaten up in New Delhi for not saying, under threat of violence, ‘Bharat mata ki jai’. This slogan, and the notion of this being the new benchmark of the Hindutva goons in India, is another manifestation of the Sanghi idea of perpetually seeking new issues to browbeat Muslims, as […]

Law of harassment

Law of harassment

There are laws and there other laws. It is often the case in Kashmir that the government of the day chooses which laws to enforce when and which ones to ignore; depending upon its immediate objectives at a given time. For example, laws that should ensure delivery of justice – the human rights law, or […]

Beating the Taliban

Beating the Taliban

Pakistan, no stranger to terror attacks, has just witnessed yet another particularly ghastly one in Lahore. There might be, as someone said, a peculiar place reserved in hell for those who deliberately target women and children, even in acute conflict situations. And Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists seem to have made a habitual practice […]

Scary surveys

Scary surveys

Army profiling civilians is an annual ritual in scores of localities in the Kashmir Valley. So there was nothing surprising in Rashtriya Rifles, Indian Army’s counterinsurgency force for Jammu and Kashmir, conducting a survey on the outskirts of Srinagar city a few days ago. The Deputy Commissioner of Budgam, who along with police was kept […]

Cloak the Dagger

Cloak the Dagger

The arrest of an alleged RAW agent by Pakistani agencies, apparently in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, proves nothing that everyone doesn’t already know. And it also will change precisely nothing. But, on the whole, one must also remember how petty, how puny – to quote the sage called Groucho Marx — the misnomer called ‘military intelligence’ […]

Wither justice!

Wither justice!

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on 21 March 2016, convicted Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, for war crimes committed by soldiers under his effective control between 2002 and 2003 in the Central African Republic. He is yet to be sentenced. Radovan Karadzic, the ex Bosnian Serb leader and Supreme Commander of the armed forces was recently convicted […]

What Mehbooba can do

What Mehbooba can do

Mehbooba Mufti is poised to become the Chief Minister of J&K which, as the cliché goes, is not like becoming the chief minister of an Indian state, barring perhaps Nagaland and Manipur. She is ascending the chair as a politician who has been slighted. From announcing that nothing short of Confidence Building Measures will make […]

Optics as the end!

Optics as the end!

Almost three months have passed since the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the beginning of a seemingly wrenching haggling by his successor designate Mehbooba Mufti to assume the mantle of Jammu and Kashmir state’s chief minister. A lot of water has flown under the Abdullah Bridge since. In the hope of reclaiming a ‘lost […]

Death in Brussels

Death in Brussels

The dastardly attacks in Brussels have again highlighted that we now live in a world where violence and terror are truly globalised. Be it the murder of innocents in Turkey, or of Europeans, or all the wars being carried out in vast swathes of Muslim lands, no one act of violence can be now said […]

Beyond the customary

Beyond the customary

Various explanations are forwarded for why thousands of people turn up in funeral processions of militants. The government forces and an army of state apologists masquerading as journalists and analysts seek to explain it away by merely calling it as a ‘matter of concern’. We no more hear what used to be the in the […]

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